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bugs
muddy
scramble
5 hours ago

The description of this trail is misleading. It was not an easy nor short hike up the mountain. Bugs galore, incessantly uneven terrain with many scrambles and lots of muddy sections to traverse. The summit offers an underwhelming view and we crossed paths with several hikers along the way sans face masks. Giant Ledge just down the road was much more enjoyable.

Easy hike to beautiful waterfall. Perfect for with kids and elder.

Great hike we had our dog on leash. Be careful if you go hiking with your dog. Found many Tick on our dog’s.

hiking
5 hours ago

I had higher expectations for this hike. If you like hiking through the woods for the majority of the time, this is for you. I saw maybe 4 other hikers the whole time. A few stream crossings, but they were brief and not difficult to navigate. Quite a few areas of significant mud. I’m not sure where the photo of the waterfall was taken, I did not see anything like that and did the trail as this map shows. I had no service for 1/2 mile or so towards the last mile of the loop. I thought the views left more to be desired.

We had a great time hiking this trail. fun mountain ledge paths, steep inclines and declines, above average views at the top. We even spotted a few large birds at the summit. a bit crowded for our liking and a very sharp rocky trail hindered the experience a bit.

While not incredibly secluded due to its frequent closeness to the road, this trail is still quite lovely. It ties together a lot of the major sites of the park and offers some variety in grade, path, trees, etc. I started at 8:15am to avoid crowds and heat at the Upper/Middle Falls parking lot and had the place to myself. Then I hiked up to the end of the Gorge Trail and past St. Helena’s area. I hopped on another trail there (maybe #13) but it was hot and open and not that interesting so I just headed back. This gorge trail is lovely. I finished by 2:15 with a quick lunch and few snacks and photo breaks. By then, the parking lot and park were full of people. I recommend for a full day’s hike that isn’t overly strenuous. Definitely hike up beyond Upper Falls toward the bridge. Beautiful views and lots of stairs! Not too buggy yet.

Completed the trail as a solo overnight trip. Started at Woodland Valley Campground Sunday at 9am and it was a packed parking lot. Crowded trail up Wittenburg (oddly no one was wearing masks but the trails up Cornell and Slide 50% people going the opposite way had masks - dont know what to make of that), but it was a holiday weekend. Challenging bits with a full pack on but view was worth it despite how crowded the summit was. The trail between Wittenburg and Cornell was beautiful and much quieter. The Cornell Crack was challenging and I had to toss my pack up. There are a couple of little spots around the summit to take in the view. Slide Mountain was....a lot. The trail up was really beautiful and has some great primitive campsites to stay at. Trillium and other wildflowers were everywhere. One particular scramble was pretty nervewracking but after tur fact I found out that there was an easier way up the scramble on the side of the trail. Spring was refreshing and has the best view. The summit itself was crowded without much view. The road walking went by fast and the road was quiet - took the publix easement trail a mile up the road to connect to the yellow trail going back to Woodland Valley. On a Monday morning (today), I saw two people in 3 hours. The final trail to Woodland Valley has a lot of fallen trees but is pretty and passes some small waterfalls. Rock staircase at the very end of the loop is challenging but was welcome as my ankles were struggling with all of the downhill movement. Amazing, amazing loop.

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bugs
muddy
no shade
rocky
6 hours ago

The trail is covered in biting gnats that draw blood and leave bright red blood marks! The bug spray recommendation is significant! Other than that, the activity itself is really nice. It’s a strenuous hike up, with no sun and a lot of rocks. We hiked the blue (longer loop half) path on the way back down, where the ground is less rocky for most. Mercifully, the top portion of this bit of return trail is gnat free, and also the best terrain of the hike (boulders and soft steep paths). Once you drop below 3500 elevation though, this half of the loop becomes muddy and very buggy again. Views are quite limited, with one good overlook near the summit (marked on the map). We enjoyed it, but are unlikely to return.

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 hours ago

easy. this is a muddy trail. walk in shoes you don't care about. definitely use bug repellent. I saw lots of wildlife- butterflies, robins, black squirrels and a cute little toad

Really enjoyed this hike! We went up the blue trail and down the yellow for a loop and it was perfect: a steeper ascent with some scrambles, beautiful views from the summit, and a lovely hike down and around. The beginning of the trail is very muddy and people have formed a side trail that goes around the muddy actual trail. If people are descending the blue trail while you’re climbing up there’s not a lot of room for you to step off the trail to maintain social distancing so keep a look out above you. We did this on the same day as the two other peaks in the Fulton Chain Trifecta and it was wonderful.

lots of ticks

hiking
bugs
7 hours ago

Buggy but fun! It sure makes you work for the views even with the short distance! The trailhead for Black Bear Mtn shares this parking lot and by the time we got there around 10am on a Saturday it was filling up quick.

This was fun, pretty easy, and not too muddy.

Short hike but beautiful views. Fire tower is currently closed due to the pandemic. We got there around 8:40am this last Saturday and there was still a decent amount of parking but I imagine the lot would fill up quickly.

I did this hike on 5/24. Started at 7am and took the Calkins Brook trail up. Very nice and flat at first until you reach the brook and turn left at the cairn with the metal pale. Nice gradual climb, still with packed ice and snow, but not too bad. Reached Donaldson at 10:30, Emmons at 11:30, and Seward at 1:30. Very wet between Donaldson and Seward. I went down the Ward Brook Trail from Seward and it was honestly very dangerous. There are still several feet of snow on the incredibly steep trail. With the sunny weather, the melt is running underneath the snow/ice and making it really unstable. I fell through the snow up to my hip 10-12 times coming down. I didn’t use spikes or poles, but found it better to try to grab onto trees to help stabilize. I honestly don’t think spikes would have helped. Once you get paste the snow, the run off makes for an even more sketchy descent. It’s like hiking through a cascade for a while there. After you get down past all that, it’s a beautiful hike, but you should consider waiting a few weeks until snow/ice is melted. Made it out at 6pm - 11 hours total.

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